Berlin has never ceased to be a “capital”, the capital of classical music and opera. Book now your tickets! “Losing” yourself in Berlin is an invitation to travel through the maze of European History.
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The German capital is a real cultural gem. Hundreds of museums, art galleries, concert halls and operas are waiting for you! Attending to an opera in Berlin is essential. The city's musical offer is unequalled! Brighten up your evening with a little music…
A little history
Slav populations have first inhabited the region. In the 11th century, the Germanic prince Albert the Bear conquers the area and founds the Brandenburg Margraviate. The population is Christianised and Germanised.
Several settlements are built. Cölln and Berlin are created in 1237. The Berliner Stadtschloss is built between 1443 and 1451. The Electors settle there in 1451.
In 1539, Berlin-Cölln is a protestant city. The church's money is used to fund projects. The Kurfürstendamm avenue, linking the Berliner Stadtschloss and the Grunewald castle is an example.
Despite a dark period including the bubonic plague which killed over 6 000 persons and the Thirty Years Wars (1618-1648) causing massive damage and lots of casualties, the city kept developing. In 1640, the number of inhabitant reached 20 000.
In 1701, the Elector Frederick III crowns himself Frederick I and made Berlin the capital of the Prussian Kingdom. The construction of the Charlottensburg Palace ended in 1713.
Berlin grew when the suburbs were attached to the city which reached 60 000 inhabitants by 1714. It reached 400 000 during the first half of the 19th century, becoming the 4th largest city in Europe.
When the German Empire was unified in 1871, Berlin remained the capital. The population was over 800 000. Industrialised, Berlin kept growing. The Berlin underground, the U-Bahn, was inaugurated in 1902. Museums and theatres were built and Berlin became the German Empire's cultural pole.
During World War I, the factories ran at idle speed and were converted to weapon production. In 1916, church bells and copper roofs were torn down and turned into artillery.
During World War II, the city was heavily damaged because of the allied bombings between 1943 and 1945. Every fifth building was destroyed.
Berlin is then split between the Allied and the Soviets. East-Berlin becomes the capital of eastern Germany. Bonn becomes the new capital of the West. The wall separating the two Berlins was built in 1961.
Then the wall is taken down in 1989 and both sides of Berlin are officially reunited in 1990. A year later, Berlin is once again the capital of Germany.
Berlin, a cultural cradle
Various architectural styles meet in Berlin. You will recognise the neoclassical style of the Brandenburg Gate and the buildings surrounding the Gendarmenmarkt, but also the Stalinian style of the buildings by the Karl-Marx-Allee.
Berlin has over 138 museums and 400 art galleries, but also 6 great concert halls and opera houses! Two museums are unmissable. The oldest museum in Berlin, the Altes Museum, is home to Roman and Greek antiques, but also the Prussian royal family's art collection. The Neues Museum houses prehistorical and Egyptian collections, which include the famous Nefertiti's Bust! For art lovers: l'Altes Nationalgallerie offers a great selection of romantic, neoclassical and impressionist masterworks.
For you, music lovers, Berlin is THE place to go!
The Deutsche Oper was inaugurated in 1961. The opera house has no individual boxes to make the theatre more "democratic". Nowadays, still, the view of the stage is optimised. A wide range of classical operas and dance performances presented every season.
The Staatsoper unter den Linden, closed since 2010, reopens in October 2017! This opera inaugurated in 1742 in a creation by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff. The Staatsoper of Berlin attracted many composers and conductors such as Richard Strauss and Karl Muck.
The Konzerthaus, beautiful concert hall, symbol of the neoclassical architecture, stands where once stood the National theatre which burnt down. It was inaugurated in 1722. It was severely damaged during WWII, but was rebuilt between 1979 and 1984. The Konzerthaus welcomes many famous orchesters and solists every season.
Following the destruction of the old Philharmonie during a bombing in 1944, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajam needed new headquarters. The Berlin Philharmonie was opened in 1963 and is one of the rare venues to have a central scene.
The Pierre Boulez Saal was inaugurated in March 2017. This venue built as a tribute to Pierre Boulez was designed by Frank Gehry. The seats form an ellipse around the orchestra and allow a good view while enjoying a great acoustics. The Saal's design is modulable. This is a true gem of the Barenboim Academy.
The Staatsballett berlin, great dance company lead by Nacho Duato, offers both classical and contemporary performances in the main theatres of Berlin.
What are you waiting for?
You should visit one of the museums on Museum Island. Consider visiting the Bundestag: you will discover Berlin's Parliament while enjoying a nice view thanks to the glass dome. Admire the neoclassical architecture by contemplating the Brandenburg Gate, but also checking the Gerdarmenmarkt, surrounded by the Konzerthaus, the Deutscher Dom and the Französischer Dom! Check out the Staatsoper unter den Linden! Enjoy the beautiful Charlottenburg Palace, a true Prussian gem!
For parc lovers, have a walk in the Tiergarten! Consider having a brunch in Berlin's television tower, the view is breathtaking!
Do not forget your opera and concert tickets in Berlin!